MIDDLETOWN, NY — On Saturday, April 21, 2018, the 69th consecutive season of weekly racing at Orange County Fair Speedway will find the first green flag waving at 6:30 pm. Headlining the program will be the 800-horsepower Big-Block Modifieds in a 30-lap feature race. They’ll be joined by the always exciting Sportsman, the Rookie Sportsman for novice drivers, and the unpredictable Street Stocks. Qualifying races will set the fields for the evening’s feature events.
Veteran Modified racer and three-time track point champion Jimmy Horton won the 2017 opening night Big-Block Modified feature race postponed to April 29. He finished the season by winning the Modified division point championship, topping former track titlists Tommy Meier, Jerry Higbie, and nearly three-dozen other Big-Block competitors. All will be in action for the track’s opening night.
It will all play out in just four weeks when weekly stock car racing resumes at one of America’s oldest active speedways. Will there be new Opening Night winners added to the long list of great Orange County drivers? Or will previous victors take the checkered flags once again? Racing gets under way at 6:30 PM at the historic Middletown, New York five-eights-mile “Hard Clay” surfaced speedway. Opening Night will include four classes of race cars—Big-Block Modifieds, Sportsman, Rookie Sportsman, and Street Stocks—in qualifying races and main events with the evening’s program sponsored by Halmar International.
Adult admission to Orange County Fair Speedway weekly races remains at $15, Seniors $13, and children 12 and under $1.00. There is a $1.00 car fee for the Drive-In section.
An open practice session for all OCFS racing divisions has been set for Saturday, April 14, 2018. This is also the rain date for the BD Motorsports Short Track Super Series Race. Fans and competitors are advised to check the track website for the latest scheduling information.
Orange County Fair Speedway is entering an exciting new era under the stewardship of Chris Larsen. Look for changes and improvements to the historic speedway as the season progresses.
Advance and season ticket sales and additional information is available at the Track Office. Call 845-342-2573 during business hours. Fans and competitors are reminded to visit the speedway website for the latest track news: www.orangecountyfairspeedway.net.
-Orange County Fair Speedway Press Release
-Photo credit: Brett Deyo